Red Wings need Larkin to step up in new era
DETROIT (AP) — Dylan Larkin has suddenly become a veteran at the age of 22 for the Detroit Red Wings.
"It could be the first time I'm not the youngest guy on the team," Larkin said. "That's why I'm growing out this beard."
Red Wings lean on 22-year-old Dylan Larkin to lead new era
DETROIT RED WINGS
LAST SEASON: 30-39-13, 73 points. Fifth place in Atlantic Division.
COACH: Jeff Blashill (104-105-37, fourth NHL season).
ADDED: F Thomas Vanek, G Jonathan Bernier, F Filip Zadina, assistant coach Dan Bylsma.
Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg calls it a career
DETROIT (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg knew something wasn't right with his back last January when he stopped practicing. Despite the aches and pains, he did not miss a game all season for the Detroit Red Wings.
When Zetterberg laced up his skates for the final game of the regular season, he thought that might be the finale of his career. He held out hope over the summer his career could resume and was still clinging to that when he met with a doctor last week.
Rebuilding Red Wings sign Vanek, Bernier and re-sign Green
Ken Holland once transitioned the Detroit Red Wings from Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and that generation of greats to the one that followed with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Now he's trying to do it again.
Niyo: Red Wings wonder if history will repeat itself
Detroit — Nobody in the Red Wings dressing room wanted to be there Tuesday. Not like this, anyway. Not like last year, when the tradition-rich franchise's 25-year playoff streak ended and a new reality finally started to dawn.
But better now than later, they agree. And better late than never, right?
"Eventually, there's no other way than to start to rebuild," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "And we're right in the middle of it."
Detroit — Standing amid the tatters of a misused season and asked to consider the Red Wings' final game, which included yet another multiple-goal lead blown in yet another one-goal loss, Henrik Zetterberg said, "Well, we've seen this before."
Detroit — Captain Henrik Zetterberg didn't want to admit it to himself, or anyone else.
Being in the playoffs and contending for the Stanley Cup was a yearly expectation for himself and the Red Wings.
But, after Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders to close out this season — the second consecutive year the Red Wings will not make the playoffs — Zetterberg admitted he's come to grips with the present situation around the organization.
Wings’ season ends on a clunker, OT loss to Islanders
Detroit – The regular season started with a victory and ended with a defeat.
Befitting of this season, for the most part. It was all the stuff in the middle that turned into a disappointing season for the Red Wings.
BOX SCORE: Islanders 4, Red Wings 3, OT
John Tavares scored at 3 minutes, 16 seconds of overtime, giving the New York Islanders a 4-3 victory Saturday.
Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader (power play) and Dylan Larkin scored goals and goalie Jared Coreau stopped 36 shots.
Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg not eyeing retirement
Columbus, Ohio — Henrik Zetterberg sounds like he knew, but he wasn't going to let out the secret.
When twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin announced Monday they plan to retire after this season, it was a mild shock throughout the NHL.
Red Wings place integrity over tanking as season wanes
Detroit — As they have in the past several seasons, the Red Wings are rallying late in their schedule.
Some fans urge them to "tank," hoping to improve their limited odds in the lottery before the NHL Entry Draft, and landing Rasmus Dahlin, an outstanding offensive defenseman from Sweden who is universally acclaimed as the certain first-round pick.
To a man, at least publicly, the Wings will have none of it.
Henrik Zetterberg’s approach a valuable lesson for Dylan Larkin
Detroit – Dylan Larkin and his dad, Kevin, were having a conversation recently when Henrik Zetterberg's name came up.
Zetterberg, the Red Wings' long-time captain and organizational icon, has left a lasting impact on Larkin, now in his third NHL season.
Larkin and his father were discussing one of the traits that makes Zetterberg so dangerous on the ice.
"We talked about the way he plays the game and the way he's so patient in a full 60-minute game," Larkin said after Thursday's victory in Buffalo.
Red Wings snap 11-game road skid with 6-3 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg isn't sure how many more milestones he has left as he prepares to complete his 15th season in Detroit.
Wings’ Ouellet feels at home back in Montreal
Montreal — You get a huge media scrum around a Henrik Zetterberg or Jimmy Howard or Niklas Kronwall in the Red Wings' locker room.
After Monday's morning skate, they were about two deep at one point surrounding ... defenseman Xavier Ouellet.
But given this is Montreal, Ouellet is from here, and the hockey hotbed that this area is, it's not surprising Ouellet was the man of the hour.
Wings icon Lindsay salutes as Zetterberg passes him by
Detroit — They are both Stanley Cup winners with the Red Wings, and team captains who have been top scorers of the franchise while demonstrating, in their individual ways, the sort of toughness required to prevail as winners in the NHL.
When Henrik Zetterberg started creeping up on Ted Lindsay on the franchise list of career goals, tying and passing the older warrior this season, the performances of two great Wings stood side-by-side, among all the rest, in the 92-year history of the club.
Wings learning to fight through adversity during skid
Denver — If frustration hasn't seeped into the Red Wings' locker room yet, it's definitely inching closer.
You sensed it minutes Sunday after the Red Wings saw their winless streak reach 10 games — 10 games! — with a 5-1 loss to Colorado.
On and off the ice, there were signs of bewilderment, anger, and disbelief.
The Red Wings haven't won a game since Feb. 25 in New York, where they defeated the Rangers in overtime.
‘Bright spot’ Tyler Bertuzzi gives Red Wings hope for future
Looking for someone to make you feel optimistic about the Red Wings' future?
Try forward Tyler Bertuzzi, given how he has played lately.
Playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist Monday in San Jose, Bertuzzi continued his recent hot streak with assists on all three goals in the Red Wings' 5-3 loss.
That gave Bertuzzi seven points in the last seven games – not counting Thursday's late game in Los Angeles – and was just the latest in a string of impressive games.
Wings continue plunge in standings with loss to Sharks
For those fans wishing hard for the Red Wings to sink to the bottom of the standings — increasing the odds for a better draft pick — it's taking shape.
They're losing, all right, and doing it on a consistent basis.
Monday was more of the same, with the Wings losing 5-3 in San Jose, extending their winless streak to seven (0-6-1).
Strong criticism hits home for Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou
Columbus, Ohio – It's rare when Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg appears frustrated with his teammates, but he was after Thursday's 4-0 loss to Vegas.
Zetterberg said there was too much "poke-and-hope," meaning there were young players who needed to play defense honestly, rather than cheat for offensive opportunities.
One goal short is becoming Red Wings’ theme
St. Paul, Minn. — Things you can count on these days — taxes, potholes, and the Red Wings losing by a goal.
It's become a strange trend of late.
The Red Wings have lost five of their last seven games — and sure enough, all five of those losses have been by a goal.
The latest excruciating loss was Friday's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg. And that was 48 hours after they lost 3-2 in St. Louis.
Red Wings shoot selves in foot, suffer 4-3 setback to Jets
Winnipeg, Manitoba — Give the Red Wings credit for one thing lately — they're perfecting the one-goal loss.
They did it again Friday, their fifth loss in seven games, all the losses by one goal, dropping a 4-3 game to Winnipeg.
Trevor Daley scored at 5 minutes, 29 seconds of the third period, making it 4-3, but the Red Wings (26-28-10, 62 points) couldn't get the tying goal.
St. Louis — On the first night of life without Tomas Tatar, well, the Red Wings could have used his offensive ability.
Tatar obviously had the ability to score some goals and the Red Wings desperately needed that Wednesday in a 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard was really good, stopping 24 shots and keeping the Red Wings close, but the lone goal was Andreas Athanasiou's 13th, at 18 minutes 15 seconds of the third.
‘Not good enough’: Time running out on passive Red Wings
Detroit – There's not much time left for the Detroit Red Wings to suddenly get on a run and make the playoffs.
So, to be as passive as they were Tuesday in losing 3-2 to the Bruins, was perplexing.
"On the road (where the Red Wings split two games) we had 20 guys going hard," coach Jeff Blashill said. "(Tuesday) we had a handful of guys going hard. We weren't good enough. We didn't have enough guys going hard.
Bruins’ Bergeron a blueprint for Wings’ Dylan Larkin
Detroit — Dylan Larkin has been around some fine centers already in his young NHL career.
Larkin has been a teammate of both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, so he's seen up close what goes into being a complete, two-way center.
But going outside the Red Wings' sphere, analyzing Boston's Patrice Bergeron would be a good thing, too.
Bergeron, 32, is a four-time winner of the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward), but this season might add the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) to his collection.
Red Wings look to rev up sputtering power play
Detroit — The power play isn't giving the Red Wings any sort of lift lately.
It failed to score on its two attempts in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers, which has been a continuing trend for the unit.
The power play has been 1-for-11 in its last five games, something that has to change if the Red Wings have any hope of turning around the rest of their season.
Confidence keys Mrazek’s resurgence in net for Wings
Detroit — Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings' captain, has seen a subtle difference in goaltender Petr Mrazek.
It's definitely a different Mrazek from the one earlier this season — and most of last season — who didn't resemble the confident young goaltender the organization used to know.
But, for over the last week, over three games in which Mrazek has gotten to play, and play well, Mrazek has displayed the confidence he used to have.
Blashill shakes up Red Wings’ struggling power play
Detroit — Opponents have appeared to have caught on to what the Red Wings are doing on the power play.
So now it's the Red Wings' move to counter, and they began doing so during Friday's practice.
Coach Jeff Blashill tweaked both power play units, putting Andreas Athanasiou and Martin Frk with Henrik Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha and Niklas Kronwall — and inserting Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist with Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Mike Green.
Bertuzzi asserting himself with forechecking chances
Detroit — Red Wings flying deep in the opponents' zone without the puck, harrying the other guys' puck carriers and potential ones, stymying attacks even during the countdown to launch.
It used to be a trademark.
Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and, even well into a long career, Igor Larionov all pushed the forecheck, along with more than a few other Wings, throughout their recent glory years.
Red Wings Report: Slow, steady progress at midseason
Bob Wojnowski, Ted Kulfan and Gregg Krupa take a look at the Red Wings at the midseason break.
At 17-17-7, the Wings are six points out of the wild-card position and in danger of missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons after a 25-year stretch of postseason success.
Here are some highlights from Red Wings Report: Midseason grades.
Wings hope Athanasiou’s breakout here to stay
Detroit — Could this time be different?
There have been times during Andreas Athanasiou's brief career where he's flashed that breathtaking speed, the innate ability to score goals, and basically create an offensive chance nearly shift.
There would be a game, or two, three. Then, quiet. And you were left waiting for Athanasiou to make another impact.
Red Wings go to shootout, end losing streak
Detroit — The Red Wings needed a shootout to break out of their latest losing streak.
They defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout on Friday to end a three-game skid and win for only the fourth time in the last 17 games.
Frans Nielsen scored the lone shootout goal for either team, his 47th career shootout goal in 94 attempts (50 percent).
Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who was superb against the Rangers as he usually is, stopped a Brady Skjei penalty-shot attempt in overtime.
Bertuzzi looks to bring energy to Zetterberg’s line
Detroit — With the Red Wings stuck in a terrible slump, and their playoff hopes diminishing daily, it was time for more tweaking.
This one appeared to be with an eye toward the future.
Coach Jeff Blashill put forward Tyler Bertuzzi on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist at Thursday's practice.
Bertuzzi is scheduled to stay there for Friday's game against the New York Rangers, and also will replace Anthony Mantha on the net-front on one of the power-play units.
Wings lose to Bruins, playoffs fading from view
Boston — Merry Christmas for the Red Wings?
It's definitely going to be less merry, after they lost 3-1 Saturday to the Boston Bruins.
The loss left the Red Wings (13-15-7) 10 points behind Boston (19-10-5) for the third place and the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
With each loss — the Red Wings are 3-6-2 over their last 11 games — the playoffs appear to be a gift that won't be coming their way.
Blashill says Wings ‘playing better’ than last season
Philadelphia — The Red Wings feel like they're playing well enough.
They feel they're doing enough good things.
But, without a doubt, the results haven't been positive enough.
Wednesday's game was a classic example. The Red Wings lost 4-3 in Philadelphia, but if it were a boxing match the Red Wings might have won on (style) points.
But, one key breakdown in the third period broke a 3-3 tie, with the Flyers capitalizing with a goal, and the Red Wings suffering another key loss.
Red Wings say Daley proving to be ‘great signing’
Philadelphia — The signing on July 1 wasn't greeted with banner headlines around the NHL.
When the Red Wings signed defenseman Trevor Daley on the day unrestricted free agency opened last summer, there appeared to be more shrugs than pumped fists.
But the Red Wings will dispute any notion Daley was just a middling signing.
Daley has been exactly what the Red Wings needed and wanted and when they signed him to a three-year contract worth $9.5 million, beating out several other interested teams.
Zetterberg’s surge could be sign of things to come
Philadelphia — Henrik Zetterberg hasn't been the offensive force he was last season.
But, he's getting closer to that level.
Zetterberg's three assists in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders put him tied for second on the team with 23 points. Dylan Larkin, who also had three assists against the Islanders, leads the team with 27 points.
In the last four games, Zetterberg had seven points (one goal, six assists).
And, in coach Jeff Blashill's estimation, the best could be yet to come.
Daley gets go-ahead goal in 3rd, Red Wings top Islanders 6-3
NEW YORK (AP) — After so many close losses recently, the Detroit Red Wings were glad to get a win when they didn't play their best.
Trevor Daley scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Red Wings rallied to beat the New York Islanders 6-3 on Tuesday night for just their third victory in 13 games.
Mantha demoted in latest Red Wings’ line shake-up
Detroit — Both Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha are in offensive slumps, so it doesn't have much to do in terms of that.
But Athanasiou's work ethic and approach have been really good lately while Mantha's game the latter half against Toronto fell.
So coach Jeff Blashill made a subtle change in the lines at Monday's practice, promoting Athanasiou to a line with Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar, while Mantha was bumped to the fourth line with David Booth and Martin Frk.
Red Wings mailbag: Henrik Zetterberg’s time is running out
Detroit – The Detroit Red Wings' victory Friday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs helped.
There was a sense of relief around the Red Wings' locker room the next day – a few light-hearted moments, some laughs.
It also eased the angst of some Red Wings fans clamoring for changes in the front office or coaching staff.
Overtime struggles leave Red Wings befuddled
Detroit — The Red Wings close out a long home stand which hasn't turned out the way they had hoped it would Friday against Toronto.
Red Wings fans are hoping this game doesn't go into overtime.
You wonder what the Red Wings are thinking.
Wednesday's loss, in overtime, against Boston continued a recent string of misery — the Red Wings are 1-5-5 in their last 11 games — but also extended a terrible season-long problem in overtime.
The Red Wings now have lost six consecutive overtime games.
Despite plenty of offense, Wings fall in overtime
Detroit — In a game the Red Wings probably should have had wrapped up an hour earlier, they lost a fifth straight game that went to overtime, 2-1, to the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Mike Matheson, a Florida defenseman, scored his first goal of the season at 2:02 of the overtime.
With Jimmy Howard down and out after making a tremendous pad save on one shot and managing to save a second by scrambling into position after the rebound, he could not stop a third shot.
Slumping Wing Henrik Zetterberg gets a day off
Detroit — The day after one of their more convincing wins of the season, a 5-1 victory over the high-powered Jets on Tuesday, the Red Wings hit the ice for a vigorous, physical practice without their captain, Henrik Zetterberg.
But no worries.
"Oh, he's fine," Jeff Blashill said Wednesday, of the 37-year-old Zetterberg, who is immersed in the longest stretch without a goal in his career, 21 games. "Just a maintenance day today."
Niyo: Red Wings end skid, still need course correction
Detroit — If pride comes before disgrace, and humility comes before wisdom, well, somewhere along the way you figure the Red Wings will come to the same conclusion that many of us reached long ago.
Then again, you also figured the Red Wings would show up Tuesday night to begin a five-game home stand at Little Caesars Arena determined to produce a better result than they did in their last two disastrous outings.
Wings not fretting the rumor mill amid skid
Detroit — Stuck in long winless streak, and coming off a particularly embarrassing loss in Montreal, the Red Wings returned to work Monday.
With rumors swirling about the futures of general manager Ken Holland and coach Jeff Blashill, and the possibility of trades — the Red Wings did make a minor move, sending forward Scott Wilson to Buffalo for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick — and the fragile, emotional state of this team, players focused on the job ahead.
Blowout loss to Canadiens puts Wings in crisis mode
This is becoming an instant replay of last season — and that's going to make for a long winter for Red Wings fans.
Two nights after a dismal performance against Montreal at Little Caesars Arena, the Red Wings traveled to Montreal Saturday and lost 10-1 to the Canadiens.
It was the first time the Red Wings have allowed eight goals or more on the road since February 28, 2009, in Nashville.
Blashill doesn’t fret over Zetterberg’s scoring drought
Detroit — The fact the Red Wings haven't won in five games is tough enough.
But the fact captain Henrik Zetterberg hasn't scored a goal in much longer than that — 18 consecutive games — is even more bitter for Zetterberg, because he feels he isn't doing enough to help the Red Wings break into the win column.
"It does," Zetterberg said after Tuesday's loss to Los Angeles. "Obviously it's not fun when you don't score, so I take a big responsibility in that."
Daley, Frk still out; Booth earns spot on Red Wings’ top line
Detroit – The injured Trevor Daley and Martin Frk are unlikely to return to the lineup against the Kings at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Little Caesars Arena, and Jeff Blashill said the Red Wings will need everyone else skating hard to reverse a four-game winless streak (0-1-3) since Nov. 19.
Youngsters help Zetterberg with Red Wings scoring
Detroit — The Red Wings' offensive success is not all up to Henrik Zetterberg this season
Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha are taking take larger roles in the lineup and the Wings have more secondary scoring.
Red Wings hope to feed off brawl buzz awhile
Detroit – The victory was nice, and the Red Wings will never get bored with earning two points.
But you couldn't dismiss after Wednesday's fight-filled victory over Calgary the unmistakable buzz in the Red Wings' locker room because of the brawl.
Something about hockey and its relationship with that mayhem that unites teams and brings players together.
The Red Wings aren't scoring enough goals, and one way to do that is getting those "dirty" goals coaches are so found of.
Either tips, rebounds, screens, a rebound goal, second-chance, any number of type of goals the Red Wings haven't been able to score much of lately – or, really, much of this season.
"We've got to get better on a few things, score some uglier goals," captain Henrik Zetterberg said.
Krupa: Blashill feels no vindication after two wins
Detroit — It has been 30 years since the head coach of the Red Wings faced challenges like those confronting Jeff Blashill.
The roster is still thin, recovering from the retirements of most of the players who won Stanley Cups while Henrik Zetterberg, 37, leads them, including in time on ice among the forwards in many games.